ROH: Madama Butterfly
- 180 minutes
ANTONIO PAPPANO CONDUCTS AN IMPRESSIVE CAST LED BY ERMONELA JAHO IN PUCCINI’S DEEPLY POIGNANT OPERA.
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production.
The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.
Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
5 stars - "The whole evening is outstanding" - The Guardian
4 stars - "Ermonela Jaho is the best Cio-Cio-San London has seen in years" - The Independent
4 stars - "Jaho’s portrayal of the title role is fresh and affecting, and she shows the depth of her passion and vulnerability" - The Times
4 stars - "Pappano and the Royal Opera make Madama Butterfly soar" - The Telegraph
4 stars - "Jaho sings with so much imagination and vocal colour, as well as living every second of the part" - The Guardian
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Cio-Cio-San: Ermonela Jaho
B.F. Pinkerton: Marcelo Puente
Sharpless: Scott Hendricks
Suzuki: Elizabeth Deshong
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Royal box £20.00